Jon Orme’s funeral

The funeral of Jon Orme will take place at 16:00 on Friday 15th March at the

South Oxford Crematorium, OX13 5PA

A reception will follow at:

The Cosener’s House

Abbey Close

Abingdon OX14 3JD

Would those intending to attend the reception please contact Pete Evans at

Jon Orme

It is with great sadness that we learnt that Jon Orme passed away on Monday 25 February 2019 after a short illness. Our condolences are offered to his wife Margaret and to their family.

Jon had been a member of RAFOS for a good many years and had taken part in a number of expeditions and field meetings where his active participation, good humour and quiet unflappable demeanour were much appreciated. His is a sad loss.

Ken & Sally Earnshaw

Somerset Levels

A trawl for the Somerset Levels field visit 31 May – 2 Jun 2019 is included in the Events 2019 programme.

AGM 2018 and Newsletter 106

Newsletter 106 has now been released onto the web-site under Publications/Newsletters from No. 71.

The 2018 AGM Calling Notice along with a reply form and Competition Rules are under the AGM banner.

Pete Bean

Pete, a long-term stalwart of RAFOS since the mid sixties, passed away on Monday 15 January 2018 after a long illness. His funeral is on Thursday 1st February. He is sadly missed.

Condolences are offered to his wife Jean.


On the 1st February five RAFOS members (Dave and Anne Bodley, Alex Smith, and Ken and Sally Earnshaw plus Frank Smith) attended Pete’s funeral along with Pete’s family and relatives and a large gathering of friends to pay their final respects in a manner befitting the high esteem in which he was held. His daughter Deborah  eloquently gave an illuminating tribute to her father which was very moving.

Update 18 Dec 2017

The website is now under rebuild, a new layout style is being used and a range of items have been uploaded, the 2018 events programme and AGM 2017 minutes in particular.  The uploads should continue over the next few days.

WWT Slimbridge: The early new year visit to Slimbridge is planned for Sunday 7th January 2018 starting at around 09:30 for 10.00.  It is a good venue for meeting up with friends and having a non-strenuous time seeing the various aspects of the site. There is an entrance fee for non-WWT members.

Winter Duck 18: This, the premier event in the annual RAFOS calendar, will run from the 4th to 12th February 2018 to continue the WeBS coverage of North-West Scotland. Leader – Martin Routledge.

Islay Mist 2018:

In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.    

Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Those of us a tad older might instead think of Islay in Spring. If the idea of divers Divers, wads of Waders and calling Corncrakes appeals, we are planning the next Islay Mist for 12 to 19 May 18. If you are interested please drop a line to Team Knight on

As another incentive, the good news is that work has started on the 9th distillery on the island. The bad news is that they’ve only just broken ground so it will be a while before production starts. Only 8 to choose from!


If members have reasonable pics showing members on RAFOS activities they could possibly copy them to me for making up background header pics for the website as I would like to vary the main header background to introduce a few faces for a change.